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3 new Black Rock Coffee Bars to open in 2017 — first by summer

The latest Black Rock Coffee Bar to open is at 1604 S. Broadway Ave. near Boise State.
The latest Black Rock Coffee Bar to open is at 1604 S. Broadway Ave. near Boise State.

Black Rock Coffee Bar is kicking the caffeine up a notch.

The Portland-based franchise plans to open a new Meridian location by early summer, then launch two more in Boise this fall, taking its total number in the Treasure Valley to five.

The first will open within the next two months, co-owner Mike Goergen said. “My guess is mid-June.”

Paperwork has been filed for the coffee seller at 2499 E. Fairview Ave., according to research provided to the Idaho Statesman by online remodeling marketplace BuildZoom. Construction has begun, Goergen said.

Black Rock Coffee Bar made its Idaho debut last year in September at 1757 W. Chinden Blvd. in Meridian, then followed up in November at 1604 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise. Unlike those two Black Rock Coffee Bars, the newest Meridian store won’t have an indoor seating component. It will be a small, efficient, double-lane drive-thru, Goergen said.

“It’s similar to a Human Bean or Dutch Bros. or something like that,” he explained. “Over there on Fairview and Eagle ... there is so much traffic ... it has to be very design-conducive for that environment.”

The next two Black Rock Coffee Bars should be open by fall, he says. One will be in the vicinity of Fairview Avenue and Cole Road. The other location is still being negotiated, but it will be in Boise, he said.

Black Rock Coffee Bar has about 45 stores in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho and Arizona. Goergen, who lives in Medford, Ore., owns the Treasure Valley locations with Chris Wright of Meridian.

Goergen said response to Black Rock Coffee Bar in Idaho has been overwhelming positive.

“It’s been a warm welcome,” he said.

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